Sticks and Stones Tour
New Found Glory
Cartel, State Champs
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
New Found Glory
The anticipated new album Radiosurgery from pop punk heroes New Found Glory is set to arrive in stores October 4th via Epitaph Records. Fans can preorder the album now by going to the Epitaph Store.
The first single from the album, title track "Radiosurgery" is currently available for download at iTunes.
The album Radiosurgery continues the band's high energy musical journey while simultaneously paying homage to the bands that inspired them to first pick up instruments as teenagers back in Coral Springs Florida.
"Our music is constantly evolving and changing and when this band puts out an album we always try to offer something different," explains guitarist Chad Gilbert. "With this disc we wanted to go back to the music that got us into punk and incorporate influences from those albums."
For this latest venture, New Found Glory was aided by a trusted producer Neal Avron, who worked with the band on Catalyst in 2004, and has honed his chops in the interim with artists like Fall Out Boy and Linkin Park. The resulting songs sound undeniably like New Found Glory but they also have a timeless punk feel that will appeal to both diehard fans as well as new converts.
"This album is a culmination of all of our albums put together and in a lot of ways we feel like a new band when we're playing these songs because they're so energized and they affirm the fact that we're going to be a band for a long time," summarizes guitarist Steve Klein. "In a lot of ways it feels like we're just getting started."
The band also announced its Fall Headline Tour entitled Pop Punk's Not Dead, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Tour pre-sale begins today and fans can get tickets at reduced fees along with special ticket/album bundle packages by going to: http://newfoundglory.ducatking.com.
Cartel sees themselves as minstrels of their day, offering songs about life and love that have always captured the human soul. Issuing a challenge to their cohorts, Will Pugh calls out "pop punk today isn't going anywhere--let's make some moves." With their new album Chroma, Cartel definitely makes some big moves in the right direction.
Having toured across the U.S. multiple times, with a widely enjoyed, self-released EP Cartel quickly garnered a devoted and noticeably growing fan base with a reputation for being one of the most fun, genuine, talented bands around. When Alternative Press compiled their 2005 list of "Bands You Need to Know," you bet your boots that Cartel was on that list. The band's Ransom EP was a hit with fans everywhere, and what the band has achieved with Chroma is the result of hard work, intuition, and great synergy between old friends. Cartel has only been a band for a few short years, but the band's members have known each other for well over a decade.
This record sounds like an inspired band who are unafraid to be inquisitive in their song craft and recording. It doesn't stray far from their true sound, but at the very same time soars much higher and drags along with it noticeable influences from the band's love for bands their parents listened to. In the song "Answer," Pugh found out where a lot of his inspiration came from and tips his hat to Brian Wilson. Chroma reflects the band's ability and desire to write timeless songs with genuine subject matter and classic nature in the modern world of the benign and cold. The band attempts to take a step into the same ballpark as the staid records of their parent's generation that inspire for generations to come.
While Chroma is not a concept album, the album was built as a cohesive piece. Honestly, "Settle Down" and "If I Fail" are specific examples among many of songs inspired by a common, fervent search for love and truth with beckoning lyrics and a pop tinge. "Settle Down" contains the darker undertones of the three, and the angst of young love with hope of lessons learned. It's not so much pop-punk anymore for the Atlanta boys, but more pop-rock, now laden with more alt-rock tinges and twists. Where bands in the '60s brought rock 'n' roll out of the drab singles format, Cartel has a new direction and vision for their music, bringing surprise and intrigue. Chroma offers plenty of surprises while remaining culturally relevant and fresh. Cartel has opened their minds to new musical possibilities that challenge their peers to achieve something more. The band brings the best of both worlds in accessibility and artistry. Chroma also reveals Pugh's deep thoughts and philosophical questioning through bright melodies that stay in your head all day long. Their compelling guitar arrangements, driving drums, and youthful energy rival more seasoned artists and naturally invoke attention.
Cartel mesh loud, bombastic guitars with pretty melodies and rock arrangements with an acute sense of pop songwriting. The band started out as a guilty pleasure for many, they who are now demanding more and more. Their album is evidence of a creative connection that transcends the band's relatively short life.
Pure Noise Records
$18.50 - $21.00